Jim Gradillas, award-winning writer and director, brings his unique brand of youth theater to the southwest valley. Jim has been teaching and directing youth theatre for over 20 years. He has been a professional actor, teacher, director and writer all over Arizona during this time. Jim has won nine ariZoni Awards for Theatre Excellence, numerous National Youth Arts Awards and several Child Empowerment Awards. He has worked with Phoenix Theatre, Valley Youth Theatre, Greasepaint Scottsdale Youth Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Mesa Arts Center, StageWorks and Theater Works as a Youth Programs manager, and at Creative Stages Youth Theater as the Artistic Director. He is proud to bring the unique experience of theater to the children in the southwest valley.